South Africa: What a Tangled Web We Weave - Another Gupta Wedding Brings Shadowy in-Laws Into the Fold

The infamous family's latest mega-wedding has cemented ties with another clan already implicated in one of the Guptas' more memorable ventures in South Africa. Now the two families are branching out in a big way.

The Gupta family last month held yet another wedding extravaganza, this time double nuptials reportedly costing in the region of R500-million. This is small change compared to a supposed $500-million (R7.1-billion) price tag on the Guptas' and their new in-laws' latest business venture: an improbable university complex in Uzbekistan.

The wedding cements ties with the Jalan family of India with whom the Guptas have already embarked on at least one healthcare venture, which is associated with a mobile health clinics scandal locally.

Since December, members of the Gupta and Jalan families have registered at least three companies in short succession before now joining two of their offspring in wedlock.

Last month's wedding in the Northern Indian state of Uttarakhand hit a snag with a public interest court challenge to the Guptas and local authorities for flouting environmental rules at the venue at the foot of the Himalayas. A ruling setting restrictions on the event also reveals some details about what the judges called a "mega-event"....

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